What You Didn’t Know About Teenage Pregnancy

*Please be advised that this article contains information on sexual and physical abuse toward children.  Every day, at least 20,000 girls give birth and every year, 12 million girls around the world become mothers. Most of these girls live in lower and middle-income countries. These girls are not irresponsible and becoming…

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Mobile clinics treat reproductive cancers in along Ukraine’s contact line

POPASNA, Ukraine – “I just hope it’s not cancer,” Valentina, 71, thought. She was visiting a UNFPA mobile clinic in Ukraine last year. She had been suffering intense pain in her pelvic area for a long time. But because her rural village in Ukraine lacked medical specialists, like gynecologists,…

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The Power of your Contribution during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed numerous vulnerabilities in health care systems around the world. We have seen how our most vulnerable populations are left behind, how reliance on international manufacturers has limited the supply of all sorts of goods, including essential contraceptives, how misinformation can affect the containment of a public health crisis, and what…

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Friends of UNFPA Statement on the Outcome of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election

Friends of UNFPA congratulates Joe Biden on winning the 2020 election for the U.S. Presidency. In particular, Friends of UNFPA welcomes the Biden-Harris campaign pledge to restore U.S. Government funding for UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. The restoration of funding to UNFPA is part of the Biden/Harris plan to end violence against…

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Midwives on the front lines working to reverse Afghanistan’s high maternal death rate

SHAHRISTAN, Afghanistan – “It was midnight on 6 August when there was a loud knocking at my front door. My husband answered. A person stood in the dark, asking for my help. “A baby was being born,” Shirin described to UNFPA. It was the start of Shirin’s greatest challenge…

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Reproductive health centers resume life-saving services in Yemen, but funding remains scarce

SANA’A, Yemen – In mid-May, just as the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Yemen. But, funding for UNFPA’s life-saving reproductive health services dried up. Lack of funds forced UNFPA to suspend reproductive health care in 140 out of 180 health facilities. The consequences have been catastrophic, particularly for pregnant women…

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The Recent History of U.S. Funding for UNFPA

More than 50 years ago, the United States was a driving force behind the creation of UNFPA, the United Nations reproductive health and rights agency. For decades, the U.S. was one of the largest contributors to UNFPA programs that help women have healthy pregnancies and safe births, enable couples…

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What we learn by listening to girls

UNITED NATIONS, New York – On the International Day of the Girl Child, UNFPA, activists, and organizations around the world shine a spotlight on the rights, needs,  vulnerabilities, contributions, and potential of girls everywhere. The theme for the day is “My Voice, Our Equal Future”. Girls’ voices are often…

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Three things you need to know about contraceptives and COVID-19

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Six decades ago, the first oral contraceptive pill was introduced. Oral contraceptives – and other modern, reliable family planning supplies – have since been globally recognized as essential medicines. Family planning supplies empower women and girls to take ownership of their health and futures. Further,…

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Friends of UNFPA Mourns the Passing of Founding Board Member Mary D. Lindsay

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